Call for papers

International conference to be held at the University of Iceland, Reykjavík, Iceland

17th-18th March 2017

‘Time, Space & Narrative in Medieval Icelandic Literature’

Call for Papers (sent out July 2016)


The organising committee of the conference ‘Time, Space and Narrative in Medieval Icelandic Literature’ invites scholars working on research related to the conference theme to submit proposals for papers. The conference is to be held at the University of Iceland, Reykjavík, Iceland, on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th March 2017.

We would like to welcome between seven and ten speakers to Reykjavík to take part in the programme. The accommodation costs of these speakers will be covered for the duration of the conference. Funding does not extend to covering travel costs, however, which will need to be arranged by speakers. The programme will also comprise presentations by project members.

The conference is the closing event of the 3-year Rannís-funded research project ‘Tími, rými, frásögn og Íslendingasögur’ (‘Time, space, narrative and Íslendingasögur’). The project has been led by Professor Torfi Tulinius with co-proposers Professor Gísli Sigurðsson and Dr Emily Lethbridge, doctoral students Anna Katharina Heiniger and Martina Ceolin, and with Professor Jürg Glauser (Universities of Basel and Zürich) and Associate Professor Pernille Hermann (University of Aarhus) as external project advisors. The project has investigated aspects of the treatment of time and space in the Íslendingasögur. While it is anticipated that the focus of the conference will be on the Íslendingasögur, papers on other genres of medieval Icelandic literature are also most welcome.

Topics might include: the narrative treatment or presentation of time and space in medieval Icelandic literature; considerations of aspects of the textual transmission of medieval Icelandic literature with regard to time and space; sources for (or the nature of) knowledge pertaining to space and time in medieval Iceland; the influence of the ‘spatial turn’ (and application of digital technologies) in the humanities on approaches to medieval Icelandic literature and where this trend in scholarship may be heading.

Papers will be 20 minutes in length. The deadline for submission of abstracts is 1st October 2016. Paper proposals should be no more than 500 words in length and should include information about the applicant’s current academic affiliation. Applicants will be informed of the final decision with regard to paper proposals in late October. Selected papers will be published in a peer-reviewed volume of conference proceedings.

There will be no conference fee. Others who wish to attend the conference are very welcome but will need to arrange travel and accommodation themselves, and to register in the autumn, once the programme has been finalised.

Paper proposals and other enquiries should be emailed to

Please feel free to circulate this CfP to colleagues or appropriate mailing lists.

Best wishes, The Programme Committee